10 Quotes About Happiness And Smiling
We’d all like to be happier, but we don’t always know how to be happier. Sometimes, no matter how hard we think we’re trying, it’s really hard to lift ourselves out of a malaise. When the blues strike, they strike hard.
Louis Armstrong once said that “when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.” Essentially, when you grin, your whole being grins. Something as simple as a smile on your lips can lift your whole spirit. It makes everything seem so much better.
This is because smiling instigates physical changes in your body, which then bring about emotional changes. So-called happy hormones are released into your brain, making you feel on top of the world. All of a sudden, all of your cares vanish!
If you’re finding it a little hard to even smile this morning, let’s take a look at 10 quotes about happiness and smiling that will help to turn your frown upside down.
“A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.”
– Charles Gordy
Charles Gordy certainly knew a thing or two about humour, thrift, and human beauty. Rather than spend all his cash on cosmetic surgery in order to improve his looks, he did something far more simple and far cheaper: he smiled!
It’s certainly true that a gloomy expression does nothing for your looks. Walking around with a scowl instead of a grin will only make you look and feel worse than your true potential. Imagine going on a date and scowling the entire time?! Instead, to make yourself look ten times more attractive, smile!
“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”
– Charles Spurgeon
You can accumulate as much stuff as you want, but how much of it makes you happy? How many times have you indulged in retail therapy, only to realise that you quickly get bored with 8 of the 10 items you’ve purchased? How many times have you bought box-sets, only to finish them within days, after which you’ve got nothing else to watch?
So many of the things we buy are temporal. They entertain us fleetingly before boring us. So, it is not a question of how many things you buy; it is a question of what value you get out of the things you have. Focus on the things you truly enjoy, rather than the joy you get out of buying things.
“If you see a friend without a smile, give them one of yours.”
Mr. Proverb knew a thing or two about life. And one of the things he knew a lot about was happiness and how to share it with others.
See, happiness doesn’t just come by doing things that benefit you. Yes, indulging in chocolate and retail therapy can make you happy. But equally, bringing a ray of sunshine into someone else’s life can also make you incredibly satisfied.
If you see that your friend is down in the dumps, lift their spirits. Smile with them, make them laugh. Make them feel awesome. Your positivity will transfer into them, and their smile will be enough to infect you and make you feel even better.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
Aristotle may have lived over 2,000 years ago, but he knew what made him happy. He knew that you simply can’t rely on other people or other things to make you happy. It doesn’t work like that. Happiness has to be attained, and the only person who can attain it is YOU.
“Smile! It’s the second best thing you can do with your lips.”
– Ian Segail
Obviously, Ian Seagil has an idea of what his favourite thing to do with his lips is (and we’re guessing it isn’t eating).
He’s absolutely right, though; smiling is one of the best things you can do with your lips, and when you’re feeling troubled, it’s the BEST thing you can do with them. Your rosy lips are there for a reason: to live, love and laugh. If you go through life without using them to make a smile, you’re actually kind wasting them. So use them properly!
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
– William Arthur Ward
Everyone all around the world responds to a smile. Whether you live in the UK, in Ghana, in India, in America or in China, you react in the same way to a warm smile. A warm smile from a relative or a stranger makes you feel so much better. It makes you feel warm, secure, comforted, loved, welcomed. Smiling at people is reminding them that there is love and warmth in the world, and that we appreciate them for who they are.
If you smile more, you’re spreading kindness and happiness. You’re telling others that there is joy inside of you.
“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”
– H. Jackson Brown. Jr.
You can have as much stuff as you want, but it can ultimately leave you feeling hollow. What is more important in life is helping others. This is the way to true happiness. Seeing a smile is just as fulfilling as smiling yourself.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
– Leo Buscaglia
What do we think can change the world? Money? Industry? Finance? A secure economy?
All of these things are worthy answers, but they’re not things that you or I are in control of. Moreover, they are all part of the long-term plan and they often don’t directly affect a person’s life who needs the help right now.
Too often, we forget to smile at people. A smile does have the potential to lift someone’s spirits and bring them out of a malaise. If someone you know is going through a hard time, talk to them, listen to them, and lend them your smile. It may be that they haven’t seen a cheery face for a long, long time.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
One of the reasons we are unhappy is because we don’t follow through with our convictions. We might say one but then do another.
Ghandi was a man who stuck true to his principles throughout his life – and he was happier for it. If he saw injustice, he highlighted it. Had he not done so, his actions would not have been in harmony with his ethics. And that would have led to an unhappy Ghandi.
“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognise what makes you happy.”
– Lucille Ball
Now ask yourself: what makes me happy? If you’re not sure, find out. You can’t achieve happiness if you aren’t sure where yours blossoms from.
What are your favourite quotes about happiness and smiling?